Scale Variable 2014

Concert 1: Montreal-New York Quartet

7.30pm Saturday April 5
WAAPA Music Auditorium
Tickets Online and at WAAPA Box Office

$25 Full
$15 Concession/Friends

Tim Brady (Montreal) Guitar
Lori Freedman (Montreal) Clarinet & Bass Clarinet
Pemi Paull (Quebec) Viola
Tom Buckner (NYC) Voice


The Montreal-New York Quartet
brings together four internationally prominent new music soloists in special collaboration. The ensemble explores an expansive and challenging variety of musical language with the unusual combination of voice, electric guitar, bass clarinet and viola. American experimentalism is the point of departure, with works by John Cage and Christian Wolf, in contrast to Brady’s own guitar-influenced post modern chamber music. New Zealand composer Annea Lockwood’s meditative composition forms another counterpoint, balancing cutting edge premiers by two of Australia’s leading younger composers, John Encarnacao and Erik Griswold.

This wide ranging spectrum of style and sound represents an assessment by these distinguished musicians of the state of serious music in the year 2014.

John Cage Music for Four
Tim Brady Road Songs (world premiere)
Brady/Paul Improvisation for Guitar and Viola
Annea Lockwood For Richard
Erik Griswold Mendax Redacts (world premiere)
Christian Wolf Edges
Brady/Freedman Improvisation for Guitar and Bass Clarinet
John Encarnacao No Direction Home (premier)
Ensemble Improvisation

Brady : “Imaginary Guitars…otherworldly configurations that defy both convention and belief. Astonishing Joe Gore / Guitar Player Magazine

Freedman: “Clarinet never sounded so human-wildly curious, deeply soulful, swooping, swooning naked intimacy” Juan Rodriguez, The Montreal Gazette

Buckner: “One of today’s most devoted interpreters of contemporary music on the cutting edge of adventure… a baritone with a fine feeling for anything daring!” Newhouse Newspapers

The NEW YORK TIMES calls him “A pillar of the experimental music nonestablishment”

Pemi Paull: “with his magnificent instrument he communicated the intrinsic beauty of melodic invention … convincing and inspiring.” Le Devoir